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Virginia Board of Health Reviewing TRAP Laws

The Virginia Board of Health is reviewing the state’s “Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities” and asking for broad public feedback concerning how people feel about Virginia’s TRAP laws, or targeted regulations on abortion providers. The Feminist Majority Foundation and other women’s rights organizations are asking Virginians to submit a comment urging the Board of Health to rely on evidence-based medical best practices and reject discriminatory, ideologically-driven restrictions on access to abortion and other healthcare. The burdensome TRAP laws being reviewed are part of a 2011 state law that require all clinics that perform more than five abortions a month to widen their hallways and doorways, expand their parking lots, construct awnings at their entrances, and more, forcing clinics to either pay unnecessary costs or close. A case challenging these Virginia restrictions is currently moving through the federal courts. While state legislators are responsible for passing TRAP laws, the Board of Health is charged with carrying out those laws. In October 2016, the Board of Health approved amendments to stop enforcing these regulations so as to be in compliance with the Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In that case, the Court ruled that Texas’s ambulatory surgical […]

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